MANCHESTER, N.H. — Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Bernie Sanders' ex-spokesperson apprehensive over effectiveness of SALT deductions BBB threatens the role of parents in raising — and educating — children MORE (I-Vt.) praised Republican Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead China draws scrutiny over case of tennis star Peng Shuai MORE (R-Utah) for his vote to convict President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE on the charge of abuse of power, telling voters on Thursday more Republicans should follow Romney's example.
The Senate voted to acquit Trump on Wednesday of both charges — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — putting an end the impeachment proceedings that started late last year.
"I think that Mitt Romney showed a great deal of courage and I wish there were other Republicans that shared the same sense of decency," Sanders, who voted to convict Trump on both counts, said at a CNN town hall.
The Vermont senator's comments come one day after Romney shocked Washington and broke with his party to vote to convict Trump on the one impeachment article, saying “the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust” and “a flagrant assault on our electoral rights.”
Romney voted against the second article of impeachment accusing the president of obstruction of Congress, which failed strictly along party lines.
The former 2012 Republican presidential nominee also received praise from a number of his Democratic counterparts, including Democratic presidential contender Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSenators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Sununu exit underscores uncertain GOP path to gain Senate majority 'An earthquake': GOP rides high after Democrats' Tuesday shellacking MORE (D-Colo.), who said it “restores my faith in democracy.”
However, Republicans expressed disappointment in Romney's decision, and Trump publicly criticized Romney for the vote.
"I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong," Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast, referring to Romney's justification for his vote to convict.